Posting Summary: The Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) is hiring a Contemplative Strategic Initiatives Director. The mission of the CSC is to explore contemplative practices, values, ideas, and institutions historically and in contemporary times to better understand their diverse impacts, underlying mechanisms, and dynamic processes through analytical research and scholarship, as well as to help develop new applications and learning programs for their integration into varied sectors of our society in service of human flourishing. Our mandate is to pursue research, learning, and engagement related to contemplation and flourishing across all schools and organizational units of the University of Virginia, and to become national and international leaders in this rapidly growing field of activity.
This position will manage initiatives in the CSC that are focused on learning, research, and collaborative networking pertaining to contemplation and wellbeing which have national and international scope. The two initial priorities will be the Student Flourishing Initiative and the Contemplative Academic Network, which the position will manage in their planning and coordination in all aspects. The position will offer support as needed for other special initiatives of CSC, such as the Compassionate Schools Project and Contemplative University portal. The position will help provide strategic support in streamlining and improving operations in other parts of the center when the need for such help is determined by the Executive Director, and work with the Executive Director, Advancement Director, and other relevant faculty or staff in writing grant applications for funding. The position will also represent the Executive Director in various contexts when he is unavailable. The university-wide nature of this work will require the candidate develop and support the integration of these initiatives across all eleven schools. The national reach of these projects will also entail extensive interaction with institutions and organizations nationally and internationally.
A Bachelor's degree with at least seven years relevant experience in relationship to managing projects; experience using project management software to administer complex projects is required. Prior extensive experience in program management and administration is required. A successful candidate will be able to prioritize and manage multiple competing priorities, have exemplary written and verbal communication skills, have strong interpersonal skills, and thrive when working with many different people. An advanced degree is preferred. Experience working in higher education, experience with educational research, or experience with contemplation is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of contemplative practices and studies, as well as knowledge of literature on wellbeing, or education research methods. Experience with project management software and communication tools desirable, as well as experience developing and maintaining workflow systems to manage complex projects.
This position has an initial appointment for a minimum of one year, continued employment is contingent upon the availability of funding and successful performance.
To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search job posting number 0624567. Complete a staff application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Ashley Cochran, Academic Recruiter at email@example.com.
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Required Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Required
Required Specific Degree/Training: Bachelors Degree
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Preferred
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: Advanced Degree
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Required Specific Experience: Seven years of equivalent and relevant professional work experience in relationship to managing projects; experience using project management software to administer complex projects;
Preferred Specific Experience: Preferred experience working in higher education; preferred experience with educational research; preference experience with contemplation.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent communication skills; ability to keep emotional balance in stressful situations; ability to lead complex initiatives; knowledge of higher education processes; knowledge of project management techniques and methods.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of contemplative practices and studies, as well as knowledge of literature on wellbeing; knowledge of educational research methods.
Required Computer Applications: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs
Preferred Computer Applications: Slack, Asana
Internal Number: 353_86129
About University of Virginia
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